EVENTS & NEWS
Friday Night Indoor Music Series — March 31st — 6 pm to 8 pm
Blowin’ Smoke is a Country Rock band based in Southern Oregon, and features Beth Henderson on vocals, Michael Sidon on guitars and vocals, Paul Frederick on bass, Vincent Durcan on drums, and Curtis Cunningham on guitars and vocals. You might recognize Beth as the People’s Choice Winner of Southern Oregon’s Got Talent 2013. Blowin’ Smoke formed in the spring of 2014, and performs popular Country and Rock cover tunes.
The food vendor will be Butcher & Baker
Mark your calendars for these upcoming performances:
• April 7th — The Fret Drifters
• April 14th — The Brother’s Reed
• April 21st — TC & The Reactions
• April 28th — Mercy Trio
Wednesday Evening Music Series
Join us on March 29th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the tasting room for our very own Wednesday Evening Music Series featuring Open Mic with Mike Dunn.
Steen & Hallie from Butcher & Baker Catering will be serving up a delicious duo of some of the best soups in the valley.
How to Tell if a Wine is Age Worthy
How do you tell if a wine will improve with age? Oddly enough–and thank goodness, just spending more money on a bottle won’t guarantee that it will age well. Instead, there are a few key characteristics to look for in cellar-worthy wines.
How to Improve Your Wine Knowledge
There’s a lot of wine information out there, but not a lot of good advice on how to get started and what to learn first. Fortunately, with a little direction, you can gain lots of wine wisdom (and confidence) in a very short period of time.
Welcome Spring Wine Club Members
The Wine Club Release Event on March 11th & 12th was a huge success. Thank you to eveyone who attended.
If you were unable to join us on either March 11th or 12th, your wine will be available for pick up in the Tasting Room until Easter Day, April 16th, 2017. Wine not claimed by April 17th will be shipped to you via UPS Ground. Additional shipping charges will apply.
In the event that you are out of the area, etc., you may also request to have your wine held for an additional 30 days. Please click here to email your request.
Wine Club Members who live out of the area will have their wine shipped during the week of March 13th to 17th. Credit cards were charged on February 27th. Click here if you need to update your credit card and/or expiration date.
Not a Wine Club Member? Click here to sign up online.
Wine Club Membership Updates & Important Information
Click here if you would like to change your wine selection, update your credit card, etc. Or, you may call Steven directly at (541) 776-2315 then press 5.
Please note: your credit cards were charged on Monday, February 27th. You may cancel your membership at any time after two wine club releases. The grace period for membership cancellation for the upcoming wine club release ends on 2/25/2017 at 11:59 pm PST). We cannot cancel your membership after credit cards have been charged on 2/27/2017 for the current release or once a shipment has been processed and is scheduled for delivery.
Featured Artist — March 2017
Katharine Gracey is our featured artist this month. Stop by the tasting room to meet Katharine on Sunday, March 5th from 2 to 5 pm. Enjoy LIVE music featuring Harmless Addiction from 3 to 5 pm.
For Katharine Gracey, art is about life and dreams and telling stories about places and people that are there—and not there. Inspired by Italian and French countrysides, as well as her native Southern Oregon surroundings, Katharine’s observations and experiences at home and on her travels translate beautifully into whimsical vignettes and landscapes. Her designs stem from her use of trend driven themes whether the high style of her Venetian Collections or the enchanting French and Mediterranean Collections, she brings faraway worlds into reach.
Enhanced by her artistic versatility, Katharine continues to explore new themes, expanding her ideas into an even broader range. To see more artwork please visit her website at www.katharinegracey.com. Katharine now resides in Jacksonville, Oregon.
Well, Hidey Ho there Roxy People!!
It is the start of the New Year and that means????? Yes, you’ve got it! BOTTLING!!!!
So we are pulling the red wines from 2014 out of barrel and into tanks, along with readying the 2016 Whites (except Chardonnay). Then it’s time to wave the Magic Wand and do that voodoo that we do, on blending, finning, and overall tweaking the wines for bottling at the end of February and the first week of March. Along with the blending etc. is cold stabilizing, so we have the refrigeration running on the tanks, and it’s like the Arctic Winter has come to the Cellar right now. Poor Fred and Ian look like Eskimos right now with heavy jackets, stocking caps, and gloves on!! I (being MUCH better insulated then them) with a Winemakers Dignity to defend, get by with less bulky clothing. Ha! OK, on with the time line….next (after the tweaking and stabilizing) we will filter the wines so that they are pristine, clean, and Oh So Very Pretty for bottling. We bring in a bottling truck for our bottlings each year, so you might see it in the parking area at the end of February. Please try to NOT run into it as it sticks out into the parking area, it makes them very angry when that happens! We will run numerous varietals per day and average about 2000 cases of wine into the bottles each day. With Harvest we get tired from all the fruit coming in and the volume of work to be done. With Bottling, while there is a lot to be done, we are always waiting for what will go wrong next. The tension can get pretty high sometimes if it’s a “bad” year. Usually it will just be little annoying things that upset the schedule but sometimes all heck can break loose! That is when a good bottling professional is a handy man to have around. They have basically seen everything that can go wrong, and usually fixed it! One year we had the vacuum on the corker go bad, and he fixed it with our Shop Vac! They are kind of like the MacGyver’s of our industry.
Out in the Vineyard the vines are still sleeping quietly waiting for the Spring when they will wake up to find we have cut off all their fine shoots from last season. So we are pruning last season’s growth in preparation of another growing season. Then we will tirelessly work to create another vintage of fine wines to make you all happy.
OK, that’s all from the Winemakers Bunker for now. I’ll write another something when something new or exciting comes along.
The Rogue Powerpack Program
Brought to you by the Junior League of Jackson County, the Rogue Powerpack Program provides backpacks filled with nutritious, child-friendly food to selected elementary school children who are receiving free breakfast or lunch at school during the week, but are lacking adequate food at home over the weekend. Backpacks are filled every Friday to ensure they do not go hungry while away from school. Each backpack includes six meals and two snacks with additional meals added on Holiday weekends. Backpacks are returned and reused weekly.
Just $10 provides a hungry child a backpack filled with breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for each day of the weekend. $250 will sponsor a child for a full year of the Rogue Powerpack Program.
Visit the tasting room or click here to donate online
Want to become a sponsor of The Rogue Powerpack Program? Click here for a Sponsorship Form and become involved today!
The Cottage at Hillcrest Orchard
This historic little cottage boasts an incredible location for wine tasting and gorgeous views. Located on the grounds of the 250 acre Hillcrest Orchard Estate and RoxyAnn Winery, The Cottage will not disappoint for your next getaway!
Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting or glass of wine at the RoxyAnn Tasting Room.
“This place is a rare find for all the right reasons! Easily one of the coolest Airbnbs that I’ve stayed at. I arrived on a Friday night just in time for the live band and food truck by the tasting room. Barbara provided all the information and made sure everything was taken care of during my short stay. Make sure you get there early to taste some wine (the Malbec was my favorite). The staff are super friendly and the room is filled with witty wine quotes. Will definitely stay here again next time! PS. do NOT leave this place without getting a few bottles of wine =).”
“Terry and Barbara’s cottage was great! We went after harvest and the grounds are still beautiful. The staff in the tasting room was super friendly and even helped explain some of the wines to novice drinkers. We will definitely book this place again for our next journey through the area. Tastefully remodeled and comfortable all around!”
Claret Awarded GOLD Medal from Sunset Magazine
RoxyAnn Winery 2012 Claret was an award winner at Sunset Magazine’s 5th Annual International Wine Competition!
This year, Sunset had over 3,000 entries from the United States and around the world. The judging, held at their new Cornerstone campus on April 25 and 26, was conducted by 50 of the most respected wine experts in the West, led by honorary chairs Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker, Ravenswood; and Sara Schneider, Sunset’s Wine Editor.
RoxyAnn Joins the Bear Creek Trail of Wineries!
One of the most popular wine tasting rooms in East Medford, RoxyAnn Winery is a hotspot for events throughout the entire year as well as a relaxing place to sip some of Southern Oregon’s best wines while enjoying the view of the vineyards along the slopes of RoxyAnn Peak.
Visitors to the Bear Creek Wine Trail will now get to stamp their passports at the historic Hillcrest barn at RoxyAnn Winery.
Southern Oregon — WineEnthusiast’s Top 10 Travel Destinations
We all know the story of Oregon wine no longer begins and ends with Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Southern Oregon has be hailed by WineEnthusiast as one of “The 10 Best Travel Destinations” in the world!
By the way, if you are wondering who is toasting a glass of bubbles in the “Where to Dine” section, it is our very own Steven Addington. It was an incredible evening of amazing food and wine spent with Eric & Julie Weisinger and friends at The Loft in downtown Ashland.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2016 Winners
From the San Francisco Chronicle, “Congratulations on your awards at the 2016 competition. We are pleased to provide you with a list of your awards winners.”
Southern Oregon Wines Love to Fly FREE!
Extended through 2017, the Oregon Wines Fly Free program allows Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members to check one case of wine at no cost on their return flight departing from one of four Oregon airports, as well as Walla Walla, Washington. As a bonus, inbound visitors can receive complimentary tastings at any participating winery by showing their Alaska Airlines boarding passes within a week of arrival.
Membership in Alaska Airlines’ award-winning Mileage Plan is free and customers can join at www.alaskaair.com.
Jack Day | CEO & Founder
Jack has a keen ability to connect the familial roots of this business with the future of where the wine industry is headed in Southern Oregon. He has a sharp mind paired with a clever wit that makes him someone you easily want to be around. He takes an invested interest in each and every one of his employees and goes above an beyond to pay attention to individual strengths that makes each person unique.